- Camerata Singers – Considering Matthew Shepard
- Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Escher String Quartet
- Aizuri String Quartet — Fabulous Artistry
- YMMC March Concert – Migration
- Ensemble Monterey’s Tribute to an Early Spring
- Pianist Kevin Lee Sun in Aptos Keyboard Series
- Monterey Symphony presents: Ovation
- The Thoughtful Muse: A Recital by Pianist Daria Rabotkina
- Stravinsky – Music & Dance in Miami
- Ehnes Quartet in Beethoven Quartet Cycle
- Heavy Stuff – A Recital by Vladimir Feltsman
- Santa Cruz Symphony: Catharsis
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Author Archives: Nate Ben-Horin
In my experience, you are more likely to enjoy a piece of music when you know and like the person who wrote it. It was clear during Michael Tilson Thomas’ one-night-only John Cage program on Saturday that he both knew and liked the composer, and this was part of the evening’s charm. The concert had less the feel of a pedantic presentation of this “American maverick’s” contribution to modern music, and more the feel of a tribute to a respected friend. The program consisted of two works: The Seasons (1947), an early orchestral suite derived from a collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham, and Renga (1975-6), a large-scale improvisatory work.
On Saturday Night, Composers, Inc., a Bay Area nonprofit advocate of contemporary music, presented a richly varied program that included no fewer than six world premiers at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley. BAMM (Bay Area Modern Music) is a subsidiary program of Composers, Inc. that specifically gives voice to established and emerging local artists.